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- Print Length: 269 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499201303
- Publisher: Roane Publishing (April 19, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 19, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JTJ6CHI
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Love's Sorrow: A 19th Century Historical Romance Novel (Poor English Rose, Wealthy Scottish Rake) (Means of Mercy Historical Romance Series) Kindle Edition
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Anne, the heroine, has been invited by her well-meaning cousin to London, who wishes to introduce her to society and improve her circumstances. In the beginning of the book, Anne comes off as a naive, eager-to-please, yet endearing heroine. She has been physically and emotionally abused by her guardians, and every time she was surprised by the smallest kind gesture on the part of her new hosts, my heart went out to her.
Gavin, the hero, first comes off as a hot, mischievous Scot. Gavin’s not one of those perfect heroes you encounter in romance, he has real, believable flaws that hurt Anne. He’s obsessed with wanting a child, which leads to the main conflict of the book.
At first, I was disappointed because the love between the hero and the heroine seemed a bit too fast to be believable. I thought it was the typical reformed rake trope, but played out a little too easily. Behold my surprise when I realized that this book was not that typical romance. It was so much more. What happens after the whirlwind romance. That love is not everything you need for a happy marriage. That what you believe may not quite be the truth. And that rakes do not reform as easily, after all.
Both the protagonists’ character development is exceedingly well done. Anna evolves from a naïve, starry-eyed girl to a woman who realizes life is not always a bed of roses. And her husband may not be the man she thought she was. The transformation is extremely realistic, which made me feel even more absorbed into the story.
There are so many other themes integrated seamlessly into the book, that few writers of historical romance delve into. The ennui of a life as the mere wife of a businessman, with no work of your own. How the desire for a child can overwhelm everything else. The prejudices hidden deep in people’s hearts, even though they outwardly claim to be different. This book shows the true difficulties for a woman in London in the 1800s, and doesn’t attempt to skim over them like so many other romances do by having the heroine fall in love with a reformed rake who's also a duke, and live happily ever after.
The supporting characters, including the best friend character, the cousin seemed very real. They weren’t caricatures with no faults, but they had faults which made me like them even more. The description of London society was very detailed, and it was apparent that the author had done her research well. Although, for me personally, the description of the clothes grew tiring after a bit. Also, the loads of different character names confused me a little. The ending of the book is stunning. Now I want to read the next book to see what happens!
If you want a feel-good, not-too-realistic romance, don’t read this book. If you want a realistic depiction of London in the 1800s, society’s prejudices, people’s selfishness and love and all its agony, this is the book for you.
Warning: This book contains cheating and does not have a HEA/HFN.
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The story is well written and intriguing. A historical romance with all the finery and dresses we love to hear about. Anne Tearle is a young orphaned farm girl, raised in her uncle’s house by a wicked evil aunt. Cinderella type story has her uncle (not evil like his wife) going to live with an estranged cousin in the guise of being a tutor for her cousins two boys. Upon arriving, she was treated as family instead and introduced into London society.
Our young heroine falls in love and gets married to a handsome wealthy young Scottish man, Gavin MacKay. All seemed perfect as he seemed to be in love and attentive to his new bride, lavishing her with clothes, gifts and an enormous house.
I’m purposefully leaving out the wonderful details, so you can enjoy them for yourself! As I said before, this is well written and interesting.
After a few years of trying to have children, Gavin’s big dream, there are miscarriages and one infant death after only 3 days. This takes its toll incredibly, as would be expected, at this point Gavin has reverted to his mistresses and is a drunken despot (I’m greatly distressed, because I thought him wonderful and reformed by Anne’s love). Anne finds him in bed with another woman and leaves him, really unusual for the times. She proceeds to file for divorce, completely unheard of in the times. She is thwarted by gossip started by him calling her a liar, witch, and so much more. Whereupon, she escapes London to her friends in America, where her maid and friend marries and leaves her alone but with friends. She finds herself pregnant from a bruising rape her husband performed before she found him abed with the other woman.
The book ends on a cliffhanger with her vowing to keep the child from Gavin, if it, indeed, lives.
I’m so glad to know it will continue and Anne will find love again. I spent a couple of days in a horrible humor wondering how to write this, not knowing about book two! I’m a HEA or at least a HFN kind of gal and really looking forward to a better solution for dear Anne!
This is an excellent and complicated story, and I for one will be waiting for the next installment with baited breath! The characters in this are well done, the situations realistic…I’m just so glad it didn’t end here!
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